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Ka Hana a ka mākua, o ka hana no ia a keiki

McGarrett and Five-0 take on the mob when a former boss is killed and Junior’s friend Cammy Lin (Cindy Chu) is on the run after witnessing the hit, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Will Sasso guest stars as Eddie’s veterinarian.

CBS translated Ka Hana a ka mākua, o ka hana no ia a keiki to What Parents Do, Children Will Do

Before we give you our review mixed with a wonderful experience, I like to give kind of an editorial upfront.

This “review” will be a bit different in that we (as in Sam, Cokie, McBear and Lou) were present for part of the filming.

There is also another thing in that this review will be different. We, as in Cokie and Sam, totally disagree on the episode, and on posting our experience of the filming. I (Sam) am against sharing our day on the set. Why do you ask?

Simple, because I don’t want to share my wonderful day with some of the people out there. With some of THE nastiest people I have ever encountered. Why should I even give them the light of day by sharing this wonderful experience? So that they can tell us again we are stalkers, we are harassing people, that we hate some people?

Even going as far as to threatening someone’s life. And hoping for them to die a slow death. What kind of dark soul wishes for something like that? How horrible must your life be.

How can you even look in the mirror in the morning, and actually like what you see? You might think all you do and say on the internet is not really you; it is just your anonymous internet persona. You are wrong. All your hatred and nastiness reflects on you as a person. On you as a human being.

Your constantly passive aggressive behavior is disgusting. And instead of writing about the show, you write about people watching the show.

Why? Why is other people’s opinion so important to you that you have to rant and rave about them constantly? How does that improve your enjoyment of the show?

I don’t use the hashtag for the blog, I don’t advertise. But still you come here and feel the need to ‘discuss’ your findings behind our backs. In your little circle of haters. How pathetic.

Those people, and you know who you are, should be ashamed of themselves. What a bunch of hateful, nasty human beings.

Cokie, if you don’t want to post this part, I will just write: reasons censored by Cokie. 😉

No, it needs to be said. I, unfortunately did not know all this who-ha going on which is probably good because I would have jumped in with both feet and said some things I shouldn’t have said to people I have NO desire to know.

LOL, that is why I didn’t say anything during our trip. No need for you to get bent out of shape over some deranged people.

OK, now with that out of the way, let’s see what kind of compromise we came to. I am willing to post part of the day, but will not give a full report. And I will keep many very personal pictures we took permanently off the internet.

Let me back up just a little bit. On Sunday, we were downtown walking, taking pictures of Ali Iolani Hale, King Kamehameha, the governor’s mansion and other buildings we have seen on the show.

And of course, we did some research for the one or other story that is in the works. What kind of fun to actually be ‘there’ instead of looking at it on pictures. One thing I found most interesting was the scale of the actual locations. They are all so darn small. By far not like they appear on the show. It is really amazing what a camera angle can do.

We began walking toward Chinatown, which is practically around the corner and spied this road sign.

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We both stopped in our tracks when we realized what this meant. And we also knew exactly what our plans were for Tuesday morning!

And so our wonderful experience begun. One we didn’t expect, one we didn’t seek out. We came by it by pure luck.

We arrived that morning and parked in the Walmart parking lot. On the weekend the lot had free parking… this plays a key role in a note later in the day…

Oh, yeah, just rub it in. 😉

We made it the block or so to the street where filming had set up and stood on the corner of the sidewalk. A young man who was keeping cars from traveling down that particular street (even with barricades, people still tried to drive down it), told us that if we wanted to watch filming, we could see better from the other side of the street, about half way down the block.

Then he said something that totally blew our minds. “If you want you can go over the set, but if they tell you to move, you need to get out of the way.” He then pointed to a guy down the street who would be happy to answer all our questions.

We moved where he said and were very close to the Camaro parked on the street. There were tents and equipment all over the streets and sidewalk and at the time we didn’t know where the filming would be.

We were right there on the set, and everyone was extremely nice and greeted us friendly. What a nice bunch of people working there. We spent time there and watched the rehearsals, until it was time to clear the space and move to our designated place at the corner. So that we wouldn’t be ‘in’ the shots.

We didn’t know who would be in the scene. It could have been any of the regular stars or it could have only been a scene with extras or guest stars. We had huge sighs of relief when we saw that black Camaro on the street. While it would have been great to see the silver Silverado, we were reasonably sure who would be driving that Camaro!

We crossed the street and as we passed, I trailed my hand across the back of the Camaro. Just to say that I touched it. 🙂

Harassing the car, I see. 😉

Yes, totally. I have no shame.

There was a man and woman from Australia standing with us and we all followed the second person to another vantage point on the other side of the street near an alley next to O’Toole’s Bar. You might recognize this as the location of Billy’s wake a few seasons ago.

The person who escorted us across the street kept coming back to us and talking.

Yes, also a super nice guy who answered all our questions. Really amazing that they took the time to actually interact with us like that.

I told him that I have been on sets in Los Angeles, watched different filmings and that it was always a very different experience to what happened here on the set in Hawaii. He explained that they really appreciate people coming from all over the world to the middle of the Pacific, willing to spend a bit of time with them. After all, the fans are the ones keeping them on the air.

He then moved on to the “rules” to follow: (1) no taking pictures during filming, but when they yelled “cut” we could snap away. (2) Absolute silence during filming… some people have NO idea what ‘silence’ means! (3) No moving from where they asked us to stand. (4) Absolute no attacking the actors. He said you would be surprised how some people rush right up to the actors. About three weeks prior, there was a woman who ran right up to them before anyone could stop her.

Our crew member was really nice. He has been working there for a couple of years and came originally from Texas. He said the actors were really nice and sometimes they come over and talk to the fans, depending on what their schedules are and how tight the shoot is.

Anyway, at one point, Scott Caan looked over at us on the sidelines and Sam said, “Cokie, he’s looking right at you.” Well, yeah, he was, I think and then he started walking diagonally across the street in our direction.

Sam mumbled, “wrong guy’s coming,” and I remember repeating like a mantra, “Nonononononono…” Not that I would not have said ‘hello’ to him, but I had no idea what I would want to say other than that! But we let out our breath when he turned into the alley by O’Toole’s and used his phone.

Well, that isn’t really how it happened, and he did not only use his phone, but that is for us to know. 😉

You know, there are just people in the world I have no desire to meet. I would have politely said hello, but other than that I wouldn’t know even one question I would want to ask. Or have any kind of conversation really.

Like with all people I wish him lots of happiness, love and laughter in his life. But I have zero interest in him.

OK, back to filming.

The first “scene” we watched was Steve and Danny “arriving” across from O’Tooles and parking on the street. In actuality, they walked from under the tent, got in the car and Steve drove all of ten feet into the designated parking pace. That was the one scene, they only had to film once.

Yeah, it was over before you even knew it.

The scene where Steve and Danny are talking over top of the car was done six times, I think.

I think it was even more than that.

From our vantage point, we could see Steve with Danny standing facing the car. Steve was very animated in some of the takes and at one point, he hit the top of the car, but they didn’t use that take.

It was amazing to watch Alex vary the scene with every take. Every take was different, some with more emotion, some with less. Some seemed angry, some just annoyed, others just indifferent. Unfortunately that could not be said about his counterpart.

They filmed a scene eight times of mourners walking across the street, coming to the wake while Steve and Danny crossed the street. After three times with Steve and Danny walking toward the bar, they filmed the extras several times getting out of a car and walking diagonally across the street. Most all of that was cut out.

It is really unbelievable how many hours they are filming, and only a fraction, or none at all ends up in the episode. This filming the scene over and over again felt like it took forever, and in the episode, well, if you blinked you would have missed it.

At one point, someone asked who was across the street in a window. The crew member laughed and said “you’ll see”. It was actually the two guys taking photos of Steve and Danny as they entered the bar.

From our vantage point it was difficult to see what was going on at the door of the bar, but we did get a glimpse of Steve pushing his way inside. As if anyone was going to keep him out when he wanted to get in there.

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They had a limo positioned in the alley near us and after lunch were going to use it for scenes with extras, but that wasn’t in the episode at all. Around lunch time, Alex and Scott got into a white van and they drove away, so it was time for us to leave as well. The crew member said they would reconvene after lunch but all scenes would be inside the bar.

But we were welcome to come back and watch. Well, honestly, it was a great experience, can hardly be topped, but we were not there to spend a whole day watching people work. We were there for seeing the wonders of Hawaii. And there was so much more to see, so we opted out on coming back.

While we were standing there, other people wandered in and out wanting to know what was going on. One woman was on her lunch break and had the loudest mouth possible. She was on her phone telling people in her office that she couldn’t get back just then because she couldn’t cross the street because of filming. That was a total lie… all she had to do was cross at the crosswalk, or for that matter, walk half a block down the street and cross over. But she kept calling people, telling them where she was and the crew member had to tell her several times to keep quiet because they were filming.

I really don’t get people. Seriously.

Three younger men walked up and one of them got his phone out and told wife/girlfriend/ acquaintance where he was and was “ordered” to get pictures of Alex and Scott. He then proceeded to laugh and talk loudly to his friends and was told to keep it down. He kept filming when they asked him not to and finally he went across the street to get a better vantage point. Other crew members went there and asked him not to film during filming and he ignored everyone. Finally a crew member stood in between him and the scene and all he did was raise his phone higher to get a better view. A police officer was there and I was so hoping they would make him erase it, but that didn’t happen.

No, that did not happen, but at least he left after the officer told him to leave the premises. What an ass. And you know, I don’t even know if his behavior is more disgusting, or all the people on twitter and Instagram who retweeted his footage without even thinking. I hate this kind of behavior, it gives fans a bad name. And it spoils the fun for others.

We found it later that day posted on the internet. And, more about this person in a future post!

I unfollowed everyone who posted it. I hate spoilers like that. BTS pics are fine, but actual footage I want to see in the episode, and not before that. And I think it’s disrespectful to post it when it is so clear that neither the network, nor the producer want it to be shown. During the filming of the last episodes some of the regular posters of footage went way too far, in my opinion. THAT is bordering on stalking.

Anyway, on with our partial report.

One other person showed up for a while. He was what appeared to be an older, homeless gentlemen who wasn’t quite all there. He kept half-way talking to himself, talking to us about Vietnam, the army and assorted other things. He asked what we were watching and kept trying to go down the sidewalk where filming was taking place. The crew told him he had to wait where he was. He kept getting louder and finally, I put my finger to my lips and said “shhh”. He looked at me, pointed to himself and said, “I am a man,” then pointed to me and said, “you are woman. You don’t tell me what to do.”

So there! He finally wandered off down the side street.

It was actually a really sad experience. That poor man obviously was not in his right mind. I’m pretty sure he was a vet without getting the help he needed.

The other thing we saw was when our crew guy met up with a car and a man handed him several thick manila envelopes. On the front in bold letters was written 8.25. He kept hold of them and said he was toast if they got lost. We asked if that was the new script and he agreed that it was, they would start filming soon. I took a picture of the envelopes, but it must not have taken because I can’t find it anywhere. Maybe it self-destructed.

LOL, yeah, that must be it. Our ‘tour-guy’ guarded those scripts with his life. I wonder what would happen if one of those scrips actually got lost.

So, that was part of our first fan-girl sighting. More to come later…

Now, on to the rest of the episode. We are a divisive duo on this as well… 🙂 I (Cokie) thought that while the episode wasn’t exciting, it was a decent show. While Sam can give her true feelings <stand back>, I don’t think she liked it much at all. 🙂

Well, it was another meh episode for me. With some of THE dumbest scenes ever. Like the fight. Ugh.

No, I didn’t like the fight. But I did like the comments from the grandfather. He summed up my thoughts exactly. Once the mouth is opened… 🙂

But what I took from this episode is that SC really is slowly, but surely written out of the show. Now even saying that he can’t do his job. Remember the scene where he couldn’t even be bothered to read the reports because he has kids? Two questions. Where the hell is their mother? And if you can’t do your job, quit, darn it.

I have to be honest; I loved the scene at the vet. Yes, it was silly. No, it wasn’t really plausible, but it made me smile. Steve and Eddie are perfect together. And it gave me another line I really liked. It had to do with a golf club… 🙂

I didn’t like the personal connection to the case by Junior. There was no need for it. I also didn’t like him working the case without informing Steve. That simply didn’t fit his character he has shown so far.

And I specially didn’t like the scenes at the railway, the shootout. Where the hell was back up? Why were they there all alone? Made no sense.

What confused me there is that I thought Junior had his phone and said he was going to call it in. There was no reason the others didn’t come in with guns blazing to help them.

My niece was watching with me. She had never seen it before; she’s 16. One of her comments had me laughing out loud. “I hope that mumbling guy gets beaten up. What an ass.” ROFL. Good girl.

And that pretty much wraps my review.

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